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Witch-Hunters

in The Specter of Salem

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226005416
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226005423 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226005423.003.0006
Witch-Hunters

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This chapter examines the ways by which the meaning of Salem's metaphor shifted during the American Civil War and Reconstruction years as Northern commentators adopted it to marginalize their own radical factions. The meaning of the metaphor during this period emphasized the intolerance and bigotry of the Puritans. The wartime use of this rhetorical strategy by both sides of the Civil War severely damaged the old schoolbook image of the Puritan as a symbol within national iconography and gave way to the infinitely less complex Pilgrim of Plymouth Colony.

Keywords: Salem's metaphor; American Civil War; Reconstruction; radical factions; Puritans; intolerance; bigotry; Pilgrim; Plymouth Colony

Chapter.  12547 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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